Written by: Dan Slott / pencils by: Giuseppe Gamuncoli / colours by: Marte Garcia
What’s this issue about?
Power Play Part I: “The Stark Contrast” : as the threat of a new foe rises, Peter Parker must first team up with Tony Stark to grapple with an attack by Ghost…
Following the high stakes and drama of recent issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, writer Dan Slott kicks off a new story arc with a fun and engaging opening chapter that gives our friendly-neighbourhood wall crawler the opportunity to let his hair down a little…just a little.
With Peter Parker’s recent guest appearance in Brian Michael Bendis’s Invincible Iron Man, it seems only fair that Tony Stark would pay a visit to New York City – with new employee Mary Jane in tow – as Peter throws a charity fundraiser for the Uncle Ben Foundation. It’s as funny and as cringing as you would imagine and Slott makes great use of both characters in making things uneasy for Peter. The interplay between Peter and Tony is the highlight of this issue, the latter’s ego threatening to deflate the former’s as Slott evokes all of those underdog qualities that have endeared so many to one of Marvel’s most iconic characters for so long. Peter Parker may now be a billionaire industrialist as head of fledgling company Parker Industries but in the end he’s still the same old Peter Parker, just a little older and maybe even a little wiser.
It’s when the supervillain known as Ghost shows up that this issue’s best moments arise, with Peter and Tony ‘suiting up’ to tackle the threat only for our central heroes to reduce themselves to some high school bickering as they try to outshine one another, leaving Ghost hilariously bewildered in the process. As the action unfolds and the pair set aside their egos, Slott leaves readers with perhaps the greatest and most memorable team-up since Marvel’s ‘All-New, All-Different’ relaunch and closes the issue with the necessary threads to be woven throughout this latest story arc as the impending threat of new foe ‘Regent’ is revealed.
Guiseppe Gamuncoli’s visuals on The Amazing Spider-Man continue to be a perfect complement to Dan Slott’s scripts, his sharp, detailed pencils and slightly cartoonish character facials (accentuated by Marte Garcia’s vivd, high-def colours) fitting the overall tone of the book. Although Gamuncoli is not afforded as much opportunity to depict the epic blockbuster set-pieces of prior instalments (readers have been truly spoiled in recent months with Spider-Mobile action, orbital plummets and subway train fights), there’s still plenty of energy and momentum to the action that Slott facilitates in this issue.
The bottom line: The Amazing Spider-Man takes a moment to breath, if only briefly as Dan Slott and Guiseppe Gamuncoli present a fun issue bolstered greatly by a guest appearance from Tony Stark.
The Amazing Spider-Man #12 is published by Marvel Comics and is available in print and digital formats now.